What is in this article?:
- 2013 Peanut Profitability Award winners review past yearâ€™s crop
- Murray Phillips has average crop, 5,200-pound yield
- Bailey variety proves merit for Jart Hudson
- Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award winners for 2013 all report good crops this past year despite excessive rainfall in areas.
SOUTH GEORGIA’S TIM McMillan was pleased overall with his peanut yields in 2013, despite record amounts of rainfall in his region.
Bailey variety proves merit for Jart Hudson
Nine inches of rain on the week of July 4, was just one stretch of time that produced record rainfall for 2013 Upper Southeast Peanut Profitability winner Jart Hudson. But despite the rainy weather, he says this past year’s peanut crop turned out well.
“We were very fortunate that for the first time in the history of our peanut operation, we grew one variety—Bailey. With all the rain we had, and the disease pressure we had, I believe planting Bailey allowed us to produce about as many peanuts as we did last year,” he notes.
“With all the rain we had in July and August and the cool, cloudy days that came with the rain, I didn’t have much hope for producing even an average crop, he notes. When we started pulling samples at the end of the growing season, it was clear we didn’t have as many peanuts on the vine as we needed in some of these really wet areas, Hudson adds.
However, one thing that stood out on these peanuts was pod size. “We didn’t have as many pods, but all of them were noticeably larger than usual, and that’s what helped us reach similar yield levels as we had last year,” he concludes.
Typically, the North Carolina grower finishes his peanut harvest by Nov. 1. This past year, he was delayed two to three weeks with all his crops, including peanuts. “Again, the peanuts stayed in the field longer than we like, but they seemed to adapt well,” Hudson says.
Other crops, he notes, particularly cotton and soybeans didn’t fare so well. Corn appears to be the big winner among crops grown in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain. Hudson says his corn yields were among the highest he has ever grown on his Turkey, N.C., farm.
Next year he plans to produce about the same acreage of peanuts. “We can’t seem to make corn work, despite the high yields, and we will probably cut back on corn acreage next year. Wheat performed well for us this year, and we’ll probably end up with more wheat than we had last year,” Hudson says.
In more normal rainfall years, the North Carolina grower says the disease package that Bailey carries will benefit yield some, versus other varieties. However, in 2013, the advantage of disease resistance was more obvious than in the first few years they planted the variety.
“We don’t like to plant one variety, and we’ve never done that before this year, but with all the rain we had, I’m sure glad we did,” says Hudson.